Most incumbents in County’s elected positions will seek reelection

A total of 10 county offices are up for election in June during the 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election, and the majority of the incumbents have already confirmed they will be seeking another term.

One exception is for Supervisor District 1, which has been held down by Kim Dolbow Vann for the past 11 years. Vann was recently appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as the new State Director for the USDA Rural Development in California, and will not be seeking reelection in Colusa County. Three people have taken out ‘signature in-lieu of filing fee’ forms for Supervisor District 1 as of Monday, including James W. Watts, Jacob J. Uhlenkott, and Johannes (Joe) B. Lauwerijssen, though that is not necessarily an indicator of who will ultimately run for the office.

Incumbent Treasurer-Tax Collector Daniel A. Charter could not be reached at his office on Monday to confirm that he intends to run. He has taken out his in-lieu form, however, and appears poised to seek a ninth term in office.

Listed below are the incumbents who have confirmed that they will run again in 2018.

Supervisor District 5
Denise Carter

Carter was appointed to the board in 2007, and has been reelected twice, in 2010 and 2014. Carter confirmed last week that she will look to make it a third term.
“I am running again,” Carter said. “I have been honored to serve the residents of District 5 for the past 10 years, and hope to have the opportunity to serve them for another four.”
Carter added that there were a couple of projects she has been working on, including the groundwater sustainability process and flood control, that are “currently at a very critical stage in terms of development.”
“I feel like consistency there would be beneficial to getting the plans put together,” Carter said.

Assessor
Arnold Gross

Gross will seek a second term in office, he confirmed last week, and indicated it might be his last.

“I took out signatures, and I am going to run again,” he said. “I look forward to it. The office is running well, I’ve got a very good staff, and I’m going to do one more term. I just like the way everything is going in the office and want to continue going in that direction. I want to, in the next four years, get somebody prepared to take over for me.”

Auditor-Controller
Peggy Hickel Scroggins

Hickel-Scroggins is seeking her fifth consecutive term as the county’s Auditor-Controller, she said on Monday. She was originally elected in 2002.

“It’s my honor to run for the Office of County Auditor-Controller once again, and I am hopeful that the citizens of Colusa County will reelect me, allowing me to continue to serve our County,” Hickel Scroggins said in a statement. “We have several projects I’m actively involved in, and it is my desire to ensure their successful completion.”

Hickel Scroggins said those projects include, among others, implementing new budgeting software to enhance the county’s budget process, fully implementing the OpenGov Transparency Reporting software, and reviewing financial operations and developing new processes and procedures as the county’s financial officer.

“My goal as the County Auditor is to continue to provide the best service possible to the Board of Supervisors, County Administrative Officer, Department Heads and their staff, and to the Colusa County citizens,” Hickel Scroggins said.

District Attorney
Matthew Beauchamp

Beauchamp is up for election for the first time after being appointed as District Attorney following John Poyner’s retirement in Oct. 2016. Before taking over the office, he served as the Chief Deputy District Attorney of Colusa County beginning in Sept. 2011.

“Over the course of the last year and one-half I have aspired to run the District Attorney’s Office in a fair and practical fashion. My focus has been on crimes that injure persons and/ or crimes that impact the greater community,” Beauchamp said in a statement. “My focus for the future will not change much. I still intend to put my office’s resources towards public safety… My office will be ever vigilant against those persons who would threaten the personal security, the property or the safe neighborly community that is Colusa County.”

Sheriff-Coroner
Joe Garofalo

Garofalo was elected Sheriff in 2014, and is seeking a second consecutive term in office. Garofalo announced his intention to run on his social media page.

“I’m very proud of what my team has accomplished during my first term,” Garofalo wrote, mentioning the grant the Sheriff’s Office received for a new jail facility, the reestablishment of gang resistance training in area schools, and the development of an agriculture crime task force.

“One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in life is to never rest on my laurels,” Garofalo said. “As your Sheriff, I must continue to aggressively fight crime and work to make our communities safer. It is my duty to ensure that the people of Colusa County receive the most professional law enforcement services possible. I am committed in maintaining working relationships with all public agencies in order to keep everyone safe… I respectfully ask for your continued support as I seek my next term as Colusa County Sheriff.”

Clerk-Recorder
Rose Gallo-Vasquez

Gallo-Vasquez will run for office in 2018, and is seeking her second consecutive term in office, she confirmed on Monday.

Superintendent of Schools
Michael P. West

West announced that he intended to run for a second consecutive term during a Colusa County Office of Education Board of Trustees meeting in December.

“Over the past three years as Colusa County Superintendent of Schools, I have continued to focus on many areas of concern, as well as taking on new challenges for the Colusa County Office of Education,” West said in a statement. “My ongoing vision of CCOE is embedded within our Mission Statement: As an advocate for educated, socially responsible citizens, Colusa County Office of Education will Communicate Effectively, Collaborate Cooperatively, Operate Efficiently, and Educate Totally.”

West credited his staff at the CCOE for the office’s successes over the past four years, calling them “a dedicated group of individuals who choose to come together to grow.”

“I want to continue to lead this amazing group of people during my next term. My hope is that you will allow me to continue that opportunity and re-elect me as Colusa County Superintendent of Schools,” West said.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net